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Presidents Report 

MIAMI UNIVERSITY 

JUNE, 1899 



TO THE HONORABLE, 

The President and Trustees of Miami University in Ses- 
sion at Oxford, Ohio, June 13, 1899* 

Gentlemen: — I have the honor herewith to submit my eighth 
annual report of the condition of Miami University. 

Calvin Stewart Brice, LL. D. 

At the opening of this report I call the attention of- the 
Board to the loss sustained by the Institution in the death of the 
Hon. Calvin Stewart Brice, LL. D. of the class of 1863, which 
occurred in New York City, December 15, 1898. His record as 
trustee and as a benefactor to the institution is so clear and so 
well known, that I need not repeat it to this Board of Trustees. 
I trust, however, that a proper minute will be adopted by the 
Board, as an expression of its appreciation of his character and 
of his services to Miami. 

The Faculty. 

The death of the late Professor Henry Snyder occurred on 
Wednesday, September 14, 1898, the opening day of the Univer- 
sity. This came as a surprise and shock to the Faculty and 
students. His services, as Professor, began with the reopening 
in 1885. He had served, therefore, as Professor of Physics and 
Chemistry thirteen years. The following minute was adopted 
by the Faculty: 

"At the opening of the Collegiate Year, we are called upon, 
as members of the Faculty of Miami University, to pay our 
tribute to the memory of our late colleague, Professor Henry 
Snyder." 

Professor Snyder was appointed >to the chair of Chemistry 
and Physics at the reopening of the University in 1885. For 
thirteen years he served the college faithfully and well; he was 
always at his post, he shrank from no labor or sacrifice, and al- 



ways took a deep interest in the welfare of his students. All of 
us have been witnesses of his single minded enthusiastic devotion 
to the work of his department. 

"We mourn the loss of one who in the prime of life has 
been suddenly cut down in a career of usefulness and honor, and 
who during the years in which he was associated with us, had 
gained our confidence and esteem by his uniform courtesy, his 
kindness of heart, his integrity of character, and his fidelity to 
duty." 

The sudden death of Professor Snyder made it necessary for 
me to make immediate arrangements to supply his place. I 
consider the University very fortunate in having a suitable per- 
son in one of our own Alumni available for the work. Mr. 
Raymond Mollyneaux Hughes, of the class of 1893, was at tnat 
time instructor in chemistry in the Department of Ceramics in 
the Ohio State University at Columbus. His superior character 
and his training for a number of years with a view to teaching 
chemistry, warranted me in offering him the position. He ac- 
cepted and immediately entered upon the work. No appoint- 
ment has given me more satisfaction and pleasure, than the 
appointment of Professor Hughes. I ask the Board to investi- 
gate his record, and I gladly commend him for a permanent place 
as Professor of Chemistry and Physics in the Faculty. 

I regret very much that, owing to a death in the family and 
some changes made necessary by it, Professor Herman Louis 
Ebeling Ph. D. finds it necessary to give up for a time his work 
as Professor. He will present his resignation to this meeting of 
the Board. His term of service began in September, 1891. He 
lias, therefore, served as Professor of Greek, for eight years, 
during which time he has proved himself a most efficient mem- 
ber of the Faculty and an enthusiastic teacherand scholar. His 
relations to the Faculty and to myself have been the most 
cordial and pleasant. Dr. Ebeling has the highest appreciation 
of every member of the Faculty. We regret exceedingly the 
necessity that takes him from us. 

In view of his approaching resignation a number of appli- 
cations have been sent to me for the place. These applications 
and credentials are all filed and in readiness for the consideration 



of the Board. I ask the Board to appoint a committee which 
shall consider these credentials and recommend an appointment 
for the vacancy.* 

Professor Edgar Ewing Brandon \yas appointed last June for 
one year, as Professor of the French language and literature. 
His experience with us has warranted the expectation that led to 
his appointment. I need offer no further commendation, than 
my request that the Board will make his appointment permanent. 

It is proper to mention to this Board, that Professor Tread- 
well, who was absent last year, received in April his Doctor's de- 
gree in Philosophy at the University of Chicago. For some 
years Dr. Treadwell has given his study to the science he is 
now teaching and has, with great credit to himself, worked out 
some problems in Biological Science that entitle him to his high 
standing among the Biologists of our country. The University 
is to be congratulated quite as much as Dr. Treadwell upon his 
attainments. 

In all matters the Faculty has moved on with its work 
with great unanimity and come to the close of the year with 
the best of feeling. Occasionally for a day or two, classes have 
been excused on account of temporary illness, but the work of 
the year has suffered no serious interruption. 

The question of salaries paid to the Faculty is a constantly 
recurring one. The custom of this Board to pay uniform salar- 
ies to members of the Faculty in the college proper has some 
very decided advantages. There is a feeling, however, in spite 
of these advantages that w r e should increase the salaries now paid 
and this is a consideration worthy the attention of the Board. 
The amount now paid is a very low maximum for which men 
should be expected to spend their lives. If a man is worth any- 
thing at all in the College Faculty, he should be worth more 
than we pay. I think most men would agree to this proposition. 
The practical question, however, is not what men are worth, 
but what the institution can pay. It has seemed to me that the 
maxium salary is a little lower than it ought to be for men w r ho 
have served the Institution for a period of years, and that the 
salary of a beginner might justly be less than we now pay. If 
we proceed to fill our vacancies with men of but little experience, 

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it seems to me their appointment could be made for two or three 
years as an experiment on a salary less than that of a full pro- 
fessor. If at the end of this period the Board think it wise to 
give them a permanent position, let it be given at the ordinary 
salary. If at the end of a period of years he still remains in the 
service of the Institution, it should be at the maximum salary. 
There is a question whether appointments for seven or ten years 
might not be advisable. In considering a change in this matter, 
the Board might refer it to a committee to give the subject such 
careful consideration, as it warrants. I should regret any hasty 
action or decision one way or the other. 

Students. 

The present year has marked the highest point in attend- 
ance since the re-opening of the University. The total enroll- 
ment for the year was 148. Of these one was a graduate student, 
John Edwin Carpenter, A. B., DePauw University, 1892; sixteen 
are members of the Senior Class; thirty-nine others are in the 
undergraduate list; the preparatory and irregular lists number 
ninety-two. After this year our method of enrollment will be 
changed, so that a larger number of the students will appear in 
the undergraduate list and a smaller number in the preparatory 
and irregular list. The present method insists that so long as a 
single hour's work, classed as preparatory, remains unfinished, 
the student must not be classed as an undergraduate. Where 
students were deficient in a single language, Greek or German, 
or it was found inconvenient for them to take it at the start, that 
fact has kept them in the preparatory list. In general the work 
of the students has been of a very satisfactory character. Early 
in the year the Faculty found it necessary to suspend a few T stu- 
dents and to advise others that their attendance was not longer 
desired. Every year a few students come to college for no par- 
ticular reason. A few others lose their opportunity by wasting 
the first month or six weeks. At college, away from the restraints 
of home, they have no appreciation of the situation and but little 
. self regulation. Others fall into bad habits through 
inability to direct their own business. For one cause and another 
the Thanksgiving vacation needs to be- made permanent for some 

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students. It helps the institution and does no particular harm to 
the student. In every case of discipline the Faculty has been 
unanimous in its -judgment. The experience this year was a little 
more widespread than usual in that it involved more students, 
but no new principle was applied, and no reason now exists that 
we change the judgment then made. • It should be added that 
these cases rarely, if ever, occur among students who have at- 
tained a standing in the college proper. The undergraduate list 
is in nearly every case the choice of the school and composed 
of young men who give to their work a commendable degree of 
attention and industry. 

Curriculum. 

In accordance with the suggestion, made in the last report to 
the Board, the question of revising the Curriculum was brought 
to the attention of the Faculty during the year. The matter 
was given careful consideration. The committee proceeded 
with the work and reported such changes as were deemed ad- 
visable. An agreement was finally reached, and the revised 
Curriculum appears in the catalogue of the current year for the 
approval of the Board. 

The results reached in this revision are in the main very sat- 
isfactory. They do not follow precisely the lines indicated in my 
report last year. In some respects they are an improvement up- 
on my suggestions ; in other respects they are not quite satisfac- 
tory to individual members of the Faculty. It was not possible, 
however, to meet individual desires. The aim was to make the 
courses as rich as possible, and at the same time to keep the 
standard where it would meet the approval of intelligent critics. 
On the whole we feel that the Curriculum marks a considerable 
advance. There are some changes I should like to see. Time 
will probably bring them about. It may be just as well that such 
questions are never finally settled, and that Faculties are com- 
pelled from year to year to examine into the merits of the courses 
they offer. After considerable comparison with colleges in our 
region, we feel that there is just ground for the increasing ap- 
preciation in which Miami is held by other colleges and especially 
as regards its standard of work. 



The Preparatory School. 

For some time this subject has been under consideration. It 
would be a great good if it could be abandoned entirely. That 
is out of the question. Too many of our students come from 
schools where adequate preparation for college is an impossibility. 
In many cases wmere schools prepare for college the students are 
found unable to proceed with their classes and must drop back. 
The Preparatory School is therefore a necessity at Miami. The 
east wing of the new building has been arranged with a view to 
holding these classes on the upper floor. Here are first-class ac- 
commodations when furnished with blackboards and seating ac- 
commodations. In my judgment it would be well to operate this 
more distinctly as a school, keeping the students in the assem- 
bly room at the extreme east when- not engaged in recitation. 
This could be done for four or five hours each day and save us 
from the dissipation of time so liable in young students. In the 
catalogue the Board will see, on Page 22, a reference to special 
students and the position of the Faculty that these younger stu- 
dents who have had no special preparation or even a high school 
course, should be confined to the preparatory classes. Experi- 
ence has proved that such students are so much of a hindrance 
to the college classes as to be fairly called nuisances. This para- 
graph is a movement to abate the nuisance. The vast majority 
of students should be either preparatory students or college stu- 
dents. The exceptions should rarely, if ever, be students not 
graduates of a good high school. We have so arranged our course 
that capable graduates of a standard high school may graduate 
in four years. For all others the value of the regular prepara- 
tory work is better than a somewhat promiscuous selection of 
.studies in the college department. 

The teaching force in this department is worthy of some 
consideration. For some time we have had a portion of the time 
of the librarian — an undergraduate tutor, the principal's full 
time and some classes taught by professors in the college depart- 
ment. We shall need to rearrange this matter after the Board 

decided its jxjlicy of the Library. If the librarian shall give 
his full time to the libra iy in the future, our teaching force in 
the preparatory school must be arranged accordingly. There is 

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no place in our work where more attention is needed than in this 
department. I am prepartd to discuss the whole question before 
the Board or a committee as may be preferred. 

Athletics. 

During the year just closing the matter of athletics has been 
the cause of considerable concern. The work in the gymnasium 
has been carried, on with regularity under the supervision of 
Mr. J. W. Marquardt, the Physical Director. He is a capable, 
efficient and acceptable officer in this regard. His aim has been 
to give, as a requirement, two hours each week to all the students 
in elementary drill having general exercise and health as the 
chief concern. No attempt is made to produce skilled athletes in 
the classes although it should be said that the exhibitions have 
greatly surprised visitors in the skill and excellence of many of 
the young men in this work. 

Intercollegiate athletics has given the greatest concern. It 
became necessary at the close of the first game of foot ball last 
autumn to cancel all other engagements for the season. The 
game was played in violation of the orders of the President of the 
University and of the rules of good foot ball. The testimony 
was clear that the game was bad from several points of view. 
Both teams were to blame but it is now admitted that the Miami 
team took the initiative in the foul pfaying. The action of the 
Faculty doubtless had something to do in the decline in interest 
on the part of students. The fact remains, however, that a 
large portion of the students are unable or unwilling to contri- 
bute to the support of athletics. Not one third of the students 
even buy a membership ticket in the Association. The attend- 
ance upon local games is uncertain. As a result the Board of 
Control is always on the anxious seat as to finances. In the 
spring time Base ball has always been a losing game financially. 
I feel that the matter should have encouragement but unless 
another year shall show a decided improvement I shall recom- 
mend to the Faculty and Trustees to abolish entirely all inter- 
collegiate athletics. 

The Library. 

During the current year the work of building has greatly 
disturbed the orderly work of the college and in no place was 



this more serious than in the library. The dirt, noise, and often 
the temperature have made the library anything but a pleasant 
place. All that we hope to correct in the future. In the first 
place let me call the Board's attention to the new room for the 
library on the first floor of the east wing as provided for by the 
Building Committee. This is a large, commodious room with 
excellent arrangements for heat and light. This room is so ac- 
cessible and so much larger than our present room that it will 
greatly increase the use and usefulness of the library. The room 
now in use would make an excellent place for the mathematical de- 
partment if properly arranged. The question of a librarian assumes 
a different phase than heretofore. We have kept the room open 
two hours in the forenoon and a like period in the afternoon 
With the new facilities ought we not to consider the question of 
an all day library? I have often thought that it would be well 
to have it open in the evening as a reading room for the accom- 
modation of the Faculty, students and such citizens as might be 
disposed to avail themselves of the advantages of a library. 
This would require increased service from the librarian. He 
could not then as now, be a teacher for part of the time in the 
preparatory classes. The advantage of an evening library is 
that often the Faculty would consult it then, and students could 
be encouraged to do work in the library. 

As to the appropriation I may remark that some differences 
have arisen, as reported last year, with respect to the use of the 
money. Members of the Faculty feel the need of what the 
Board would regard technical books. They ask therefore for a 
considerable sum to be given to the departments. This is a just 
cause. On the other hand all feel the need of a general fund if 
properly managed and believe that the general interests of the 
library ought not to be neglected. Experience has proved that 
the general fund has not been satisfactorily expended. Mem- 
bers of the Faculty can not always be relied upon, when mem- 
bers of the library commitee, to consider equitably all the 
departments. The result has been an unequal distribution of 
the money and books. I v ess complaint than usual has been 
heard this year. I call attention to the report from the Faculty 
which was prepared after this report was in print. The whole 

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matter of the library — and its management deserves our careful 
consideration. The list of books bought during the year is, as 
requested by the Board, presented at the close of this report. 
The Improvements. 
The statement of money expended on the property is made 
elsewhere. The buildings and grounds are now in the best con- 
dition in their history. The University is to be congratulated 
upon this advance. I may call attention to these improvements 
somewhat in detail. The building is now 250 feet in length. 
We have a new and commodious chapel in every way suited to 
our needs. The recitation rooms in the west wing have been 
improved and better facilities in the way of an office for the 
President. In the east wing we have the first floor for the 
library and excellent rooms on the second and third floors for 
recitation purposes. The steam plant is located under the east 
wing and has been extended to both dormitories. Water and 
sewerage have been provided for the main building and for the 
north dormitory. The sewer and the water main have been ex- 
tended to the south dormitorv but have not yet been placed with- 
in the building. No contract for that has been made. It remains 
for the Board to decide whether it will, during the summer, 
provide for water and sewerage in the other dormitory, and 
whether it is considered advisable to extend our steam pipes to 
the Herron Gymnasium and Brice Hall. This would centralize 
all our service and cheapen the cost of operating besides bring- 
ing a more satisfactory service than at present. There ought to 
be an extension of the water main to Brice Hall for the accom- 
modation of the laboratories. It will be necessary to provide for 
blackboards and seating in the new 7 east wing of the main build- 
ing. Some additional sidewalk will be needed about the main 
building as soon as the new grades are sufficiently settled to 
render it safe to put down cement walks. The change in the 
buildings will make it necessary to make some change in the 
janitor service. I can make no recommendation on this subject 
until after the Board has decided some matters mentioned above. 
The new arrangment of buildings make new plans for their care 
necessary. I shall be pleased to discuss the details before the 
Board or a committee. 



Building Committee. 

The following report is an outline of the work done by the 
Building Committee, appointed by the Board at its meeting last 
Tune. The Committee consists of the Hon. John W. Hereon, 
Mr. T. R. Kumler and the President of the University. 

The Committee met in Oxford, June 25th, 1898, and proceed- 
ed to employ Mr. Thomas G. Smith, Jr., of Cincinnati, as con- 
sulting engineer. On June 2nd, the Committee met in the office 
of Samuel Hannaford & Sons, for the consideration of building 
plans. After a called meeting of the Board of Trustees, the 
committee proceeded at once to offer bids in accordance with 
the general plans approved by the Board. Some modifications 
in the details of the plans were submitted from time to time until 
the plans and specifications w r ere agreed to. On September 13th, 
1898, the Committee met in Oxford and opened the bids received, 
read them, and decided to adjourn to meet again on the 17th. It 
was found necessary at that date to award the contract to a num- 
ber of separate bidders. At this meeting all bids for the brick 
work were rejected, and October 12th, 1898, the Committee met 
and awarded the contract to B. Heuer & Son. I submit herewith 
a statement of contracts and payments, so that the Board can 
see just how the building account stands, June 1st, 1898. 

ORIGINAL CONTRACTS. 

Palmer Morris, Excavation $ 574 75 

Trunck & Jameson, Stone work 2,388 33 

B. Heuer & Son, Brickwork 4,506 00 

T. C. Lloyd, Carpenter work, West wing- 2,720 92 

Johnston Bros. & Co., Carpenter work, East wing-... 5,957 55 

J. H. Neabrey, Roofing. 1,031 00 

Walton Iron Co., Iron work 708 00 

\V. H Drayer, Steam heating 9,5*7 10 

SUBSEQUENT CONTRACTS. 

W. II. Drayer, Plumbing $ 1,067 10 

W. II. Drayer, Sewerage 1,421 79 

W. II. Drayer, Water Mains 301 00 

Lawton-Beattie Co., Electric wiring 201 60 

Advertising 151 29 



$30,546 43 



The following .statement will show the payments, the con- 
tracts completed, contracts not yet completed, certain payments 



not yet due, architect's and engineer's fees and the sum total of 
money paid out: 

Name of Contractor. Amount Paid. Amount Unpaid. 

Palmer Morris $ 574 75 

Trunck& Jameson 2,14000 $ 24833 

B. Heuer & Son 3>8,7o 00 636 00 

T. C. Iyloyd 2,705 00 15 92 

Johnston Bros, & Co 3,888 00 2,069 55 

J. H. Neabrey 810 00 221 00 

Walton Iron Co 704 00 

W. H. Drayer 7, 700 00 1,817 10 

Subsequent Contracts. 

W. H. Drayer, Plumbing 1,067 IO 

W. H. Drayer, Sewerage 1*421 79 

W. H. Drayer, Water Mains 301 00 

I^awton-Beattie Co., Electric lighting... 201 60 

L,egal Advertising 151 29 

Architect's Fees, to date 675 00 

Engineer's Fees, to date 420 00 

Total amount paid out to June 1st, $ 26,629 53 $ 5,007 90 

By adding the amount not yet paid, as above, we have 
$5,007.90 yet required to complete the present contracts. In ad- 
dition to this there will be due to the engineer and architect, for 
fees, a balance. There are, also, some extras which may be men- 
tioned as follows: 

EXTRAS. 

Johnston Bros., (estimated) 215 00 

T. C. Ivloyd, (estimated) $ 200 00 

Decorating the Chapel 285 00 

Seating the Chapel 92400 

Repairing Downspout on old Main Building.. 45 00 

$ 1 669 00 
The bill for repairing the roof of the Main building has not 
yet been presented. It was contracted for by the chairman of 
the Committee upon the advice of the other members by the 
piece. Some other little repairs of an unimportant character 
have been added. It will not be possible to close up and settle 
with all of these contracts before adjournment of the Board. 
Any payments or changes that may be made between the first of 
June and the meeting of the Board will be reported in a supple- 
mentary report. It will be necessary for the Board to continue 
the Building Committee until these contracts are completed, and 
to give them power to act in the premises. 



The Anniversary Committee. 

This committee has proceeded with its work in accordance 
with the general plan outlined by the Board last June. They ap- 
pointed a Committee on Class Re-unions with Mr. R. T. Durrell as 
chairman. That committee has corresponded with all alumni 
and presented a report of their work. The work was so well 
done that the attendance of a large number of alumni at the Anni- 
versary is chiefly due to their efforts. 

The Comittee on Publicity, with Mr. Tobey as chairman, 
has succeeded in putting a two column illustrated article in two 
thousand four hundred papers. The General Committee also ap- 
pointed Mr. Tobey and the President of the University a Com- 
mittee to edit a new alumni catalogue and to solicit funds for the 
expense of same. The catalogue is ready and is the most com- 
plete book of its kind we have seen. It needs no praise at my 
hands. The funds were solicited by the Committee, and we ex- 
pect to be able to pay for it without calling on the treasury of the 
University. The general arrangements and programmes for the 
week have been so generously announced that I need call no fur- 
ther attention to the matter in this report. 

From the necessities of the case the Committee could not 
expend all the money appropriated so as to report it at this time. 
The plans are fully matured and a supplementary report from 
the Committee will be made Commencement week. 

Appropriations. 

Appropriations, June 1898, were as follows : 

Unexpended 
Title. Amount. Balances. 

Salaries $19,000 00 

Elocution 450 00 

Physical Director 600 00 

Treasurer 300 00 

retary 30000 

Trustees Expenses 225 00 

Care of Grounds 500 oo $155 48 

Repairs of Buildings 1,000 00 253 86 

Janitor Service 620 00 

Expenses of the President 100 00 86 00 

Library 1,000 00 

Coal 550 00 22 54 

Commi n cement Expenses 75 00 01 



Electric Lighting- 250 00 • 76 

Attorney Expenses 41 15 12 33 

Printing: and Advertising 600 00 

Apparatus for Gymnasium 75 00 9 98 

Incidental Expenses 450 00 08 

Treasurer's Expenses 40 59 

Department of Mathematics 100 00 17 

Department of Chemistry and Physics 60000 38 

Department of Biology and Geology 300 00 

J. P. Widney, Donation 100 00 

Incidentals for 1897 and 1898 469 94 

Overdrafts, reported, June, 1898 146 29 

Anniversary Fund 1,000 00 874 37 

Total Appropriation $ 28,892 97 Total Balances 1,415 96 

Total Amount Expended, less 

Overdrafts for 1897 and 1898 146 29 

$ 28, 746 68 
Less Expenditure on Anniversary 125 63 

$28,621 05 
Less Balances . 1,415 96 

Total Am't Expended for Current Year... $27,205 09 

Concerning the above appropriations it is proper to add that 
the expense of the care of the grounds was considerably in- 
creased by the necessity of grading about the buildings. 

The appropriation tor the repairs of buildings was $1,000,00. 
This report shows the condition June, 1st. Some repairs in the 
dormitory were ordered by the committee, so that these rooms 
might be in better condition during the anniversary week. This 
fact will need to be kept in mind in making the appropriation 
for next year. 

The appropriation for lights shows a small balance, but we 
are a month behind on our bills, so that if the bills for May had 
been paid, we should have been over drawn six or seven dollars. 

The appropriation for printing and advertising shows a 
small balance, but there are some recent contracts outstanding, 
but not due June 1st. 

The anniversary fund shows a large balance, because the 
bills are not yet presented. A more detailed report, concerning 
this, is to be made in connection with the report of the anniver- 
sary committee. 

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Appropriations For Next Year. 

I suggest herewith a list of titles of appropriations, so far as 
the ordinary expenses of the Institution would indicate them. I 
desire in the first place to call the Board's attention to the reports 
from the seveaal departments. These set forth more in detail 
their needs and the uses made of the appropriation. The fact 
that we changed the form of the appropriation for Brice Hall has 
worked a little disadvantage to this department. The appropria- 
tions were smaller than they ought to have been in view of the 
change in method. My judgment is that the change was wise, as 
I think it w T ell for all money and receipts to pass through the 
treasurer's hands. In view of that fact, however, the appropria- 
tions for this department ought to be a little more liberal. This 
report is made before the reports from the departments and 
therefore I am not able to speak of them specifically, but from 
my personal knowledge of their needs, I recommend that depart- 
ment appropriations be made as liberal as our funds will permit. 
This is necessary in order to keep the departments in strictly 
good working order. 

Appropriations For 1899. 

The following titles are suggested for appropriations for next 
vear. 



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Salaries of the Professors in the College Department, in 


eluding elocution. 


2 


Salaries for Preparatory Teachers. 


3- 


Salary for Physical Instructor. 


4 


Trustees Expenses. 


5 


Salary of Treasurer. 


6 


Salary of the Secretary of the Board. 


7 


The President's Expenses. 


8 


Repairs of Buildings. 


9 


Care of Grounds. 


10 


Janitor Services. 


1 1 


Coal. 


12 


Light 


13 


Printing and Advertising. 


14 


Library. 




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15. Incidentals. 

1 6. Commencement Expenses. 

17. Anniversary Committee. 

18. Special orders by the Board. 

19. The Building Fund. 

20. Department of Biology and Geology. 

21. Department of Chemistry and Physics. 

22. Department of Mathematics. 

23. Engineer's service for the heating plant. 

Degrees. 

The Faculty has voted, by and with the advice and consent 
of the Board of Trustees, to confer the following degrees. We 
ask your approval and consent. 

The degree of Bachelor of Arts upon the following mem- 
bers of the class of 1899 : 

Henry Lewis Brown, Oxford. 

Clifford Grosselle Grulee, La Grange, Ills. 

Frederick William Huston, Oxford. 

Pierson Douglas Keys, Glendale. 

Lee Ora Lantis, Gratis. 

AHo1nVl11C TTotnilfnti T ^TTrTio T >-v— A~~ 



*The degree of Master of Arts in view of one year's residence 
and approved thesis: 

John Edwin Carpenter, 
Bachelor of Arts, De Pauw University, 1892. 



XO lliOllLULlUll 



William Wilder Cheshire, of the class of 1858. 
Daniel Addison McMillan, of the class of 1868. 

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Appropriations For Next Year. 

I suggest herewith a list of titles of appropriations, so far as 
the ordinary expenses of the Institution would indicate them. I 
desire in the first place to call the Board's attention to the reports 
from the seveaal departments. These set forth more in detail 
their needs and the uses made of the appropriation. The fact 
that we changed the form of the appropriation for Brice Hall has 
worked a little disadvantage to this department. The appropria- 
tions were smaller than they ought to have been in view of the 
change in method. My judgment is that the change was wise, as 
I think it well for all money and receipts to pass through the 
treasurer's hands. In view of that fact, however, the appropria- 
tions for this department ought to be a little more liberal. This 
report is made before the reports from the departments and 
therefore I am not able to speak of them specifically, but from 
my personal knowledge of their needs, I recommend that depart- 
ment appropriations be made as liberal as our funds will permit. 
This is necessary in order to keep the departments in strictly 
good working order. 

Appropriations For 1899. 

The following titles are SUP*P"PStPfl for annrrmriafir\ric f-nr- «^xr4- 



13. Printing and Advertising. 

14. Library. 

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Incidentals. 

Commencement Expenses. 

Anniversary Committee. 

Special orders by the Board. 

The Building Fund. 

Department of Biology and Geology. 

Department of Chemistry and Physics. 

Department of Mathematics. 

Engineer's service for the heating plant. 



Degrees. 

The Faculty has voted, by and with the advice and consent 
of the Board of Trustees, to confer the following degrees. We 
ask your approval and consent. 

The degree of Bachelor of Arts upon the following mem- 
bers of the class of 1899 : 

Henry Lewis Brown, Oxford. 

Clifford Grosselle Grulee, La Grange, Ills. 

Frederick William Huston, Oxford. 

Pierson Douglas Keys, Glendale. 

Lee Ora Lantis, Gratis. 

Adolphus Hamilton Lewis, London. 

Charles John Marshall, Oxford. 

George Trowbridge Poor, Glendale. 

Harry McKee Scott, Seven Mile. 

Philip Shera, Oxford. 

John Roy Simpson, Dayton. 

John Thomas Wilson Stewart, Stout. 

William Ernest Stokes, Jacksonboro. 

Judson Teeter, Pleasant Hill. 

The degree of Bachelor of Science upon the following 
members of the class of 1899. 

Leonard Burnside Coulter, Oxford. 

Martin Francis Vereker, College Corner. 

The degree of Master of Arts in course upon the following 
alumni of this institution : 

William Wilder Cheshire, of the class of 1858. 

Daniel Addison McMillan, of the class of 1868. 

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Nelson Carr, of the class of 1870. 

Robert Henry Adams, of the class of 1872. 

William Matson Chidlaw, of the class of 1891. 

The honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity upon : 
Rev. James Vincent, Fulton, New York. 

Bachelor of Arts, Miami University, 1870. 

The honorary degree of Doctor of Laws upon : 
Rev. James Avery Worden, D. D., Philadelphia, Pa. 

Bachelor of Arts, Miami University, 1861. 

Rev. William Gallogly Moorehead, D. D., Xenia, Ohio. 
Bachelor of Arts, Muskingum College, 1858. 

Prof. Alexander Thomas Ormond, Ph. D., McCosh Professor 
Philosophy, Princeton University. 

Student Miami, i869-'7o. 

The honorary degree of L,. H. D. upon : 
Gen. Gates Phillips Thruston, Nashville, Tenn. 

Bachelor of Arts, Miami University, 1855. 

Gen. Ben Piatt Runkle, Washington, D. C. 

Bachelor of Arts, Miami University, 1857. 

In closing this report permit me to add my appreciation of 
the work done through the year by the several committee ap- 
pointed for the purpose of preparing for the Diamond Anniver- 
sary to be observed this week. The year has been to me the 
most laborious since I became president. A kind Providence 
has brought us to its close with abundant reason for gratitude and 
praise. The outlook for the future grows brighter. I rejoice 
with you in what has been accomplished and look to God for 
his guidance and blessing in the future. With fullest apprecia- 
tion of the great kindness and confidence of this Board of Trustees 
I have the honor to remain 

Your obedient servant, 

WILLIAM OXLEY THOMPSON. 

Miami University Oxford, Ohio, June 1, 1899. 



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The following books have been purchased for the library of 
Miami University during the year ending June ist, 1899: 

lAppleton's Annual Cyclopaedia. 

Reye's Die Geometrie der Lage. 

Gardiner's History of the Commonwealth and Protectorate. Vol. 2. 

Leo's Jahrbuch der Deutschen Shakespeare-Gesellschaft. Vol. 34. 

Schemer's Astronomical Spectroscopy. 

Palmer's Inebriety-Source, Prevention and Cure. 

Robinson's Ministerial Directory. 

Student Missionary Appeal. 

Parker and Haswell's Text Book of Zoology, 2 vols. 

Johnston's Latin Manuscripts. 

Johnston's Metrical Licenses of Virgil. Vols. 55, 56, 57. 

Lee's Dictionary of National Biography, Vols. 55, 56, 57. 

Walke's Lectures on Explosives, 

Holm's History of Greece. Vol. 4. 

Stewart's Notes on the Nicomachean Ethics Vol. 2. 

Alexander's Brief History of the Hawaiian People. 

Bowen's International Law. 

George's Science of Political Economy. 

Thorpe's Constitutional History of American People. 

Mallock's Aristocracy and Evolution. 

Lloyd's Wealth against Commonwealth. 

Dorchester's Problem of Religious Progress. 

Offor's Works of John Bunyan. 3 vols. 

Wundt's Ethical Systems. Vol. 2. 

Aristotle and the Earlier Peripatetics. 2 vols. 

Vorworm's Allgemeine Physcologie. 

Reber's Manual of Photography. 

Sienkiewicz's Hania. 

Sienkiewicz's With Fire and Sword. 

Sienkiewicz's Pan Michael. 

Wallace's The Wonderful Century. 

Horey's American Caverns. 

Julleville's Histoire de la Langue et de la 

Litterature Francaise. Vols. 6 & 7. 

Miall's Natural History of Aquatic Insects. 4 Vols. 

Stowe's Dred. 

Stowe's Pearl of Oris Island. 

Stowe's Minister's Wooing. 

Stowe's Oldtown Folks. 

Wallace's Fair God. 

Wallace's Prince of India. 2 vols. 

Holland's Bay Path. 

Holland's Timothy Titcomb's Letters. 

Crawford's An American Politician. 

Howell's A Boy's Town. 

Howell's A Foregone Conclusion. 

Howell's Venetian Life. 

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Howell's A Chance Acquaintance. 
Howell's Their Wedding Journey. 
Longfellow's Hyperion. 
Longfellow's Outre-Mer. 
Eggelston's The End of the World. 
Eggelston's Beginner's of a Nation. 
Caine's The Manxman. 
Caine's The Christian. 
Holme'sElsie Venner. 
Holme's Guardian Angel. 
Holme's Emerson and Motley, 
Tourgee's A Fool's Errand. 
Tourgee's Bricks Without Straw. 
Tourgee's Figs and Thistles. 
Allen's The Choir Invisible. 
Hope's The Prisoner of Zenda. 
Hope's Rupert of Hentzan. 
Collin's Woman in White. 
Elliot's Educational Reforms. 
Purcell's Life of Cardinal Manning. 2 vols. 
Busch's Bismarck. 2 vols. 
McCarthy's Story of Gladstone's Life. 
field's Life of David Dudley Field. 
Channing's Student's History of the United States. 
Parkman's Complete Works, 12 vols. 
Hart's Era of Colonization. 
Hart's Building of the Republic. 
Nansen's Farthest North. 2 vols. 
Mun's England's Treasure. 
Turgot's Distribution of Riches. 
Smith's Wealth of Nations. 
Malthus' Principles of Population. 

Ricardo's Principles of Political Economy and Taxation. 
Jones' Peasant Rents. 

Cournot's Mathematical Principles of Theory of Wealth. 
Schmoller's The Mercantile System. 
Peary's Northward on the Great Ice. 2 vols. 
Hughes' Loyola. (Great Educator's Series.) 

De Garmo's Herbart. " 

Bowen's Froebel. " 

Cornpayre's Abelard. " 

Hinsdale's Horace Mann " 

Davidson's Rosseau. " 

West's Alcuin 

BlcCrady'fl History of South Carolina. 
Smith's History of the English Parliament. 2 vols. 
Davidson's Bargain Theory of Wages. 
Wilcox'B Study of City Government. 
Mom ' Democracy and Social Growth. 
Andrew's Christianity and Anti Christianity. 
Taylor's Origin of English Constitution. Vol. 2. 

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(Abbott's Histories.) 
(Abbott's Histories.) 



(Heroes of Nation's Series.) 



Abbott's Richard III 

Abbott's Queen Elizabeth 

Abbott's King- Philip. 

Abbott's Hernando Cortez. 

Abbott's Marie Antoinette. 

Abbott's Margaret of An j on. 

Abbott's Mary, Queen of Scots. 

Abbott's Nero. 

Fisher's The True Benjamin Franklin, 

Sergeant's John Wyclif 

Bourne's Sir Philip Sidney. 

Beazley's Prince Henry the Navigator. 

Clark's The Cid Campeador. 

Bain's Charles XII of Sweden. 

Gardner's Julian, the Philosopher 

Maxwell's Robert the Bruce. 

Armstrong's Lorenzo De'Medici 

Oliphant's Jeanne D'Arc. 

Irving's Columbus 

Lane-Poole's Saladin. 

McCook's Latimers, 

Lummis' Spanish Pioneers. 

Lincoln and Douglass Debates. 

Baker's Itinerary of General Washington. 

Baker's Washington after the Revolution. 

Baker's Early Sketches of George Washington. 

Gilmore's Personal Recollections of Lincoln. 

Ostwald's Scientific Foundations of Analytical Chemistry. 

Irving's Complete Works. 40 vols. 

Harland's Where Ghosts Walk. 

Graham's Meaera. 

Reynold's Vertebrate Skeleton. 

Harrison's Spain in History. 

Latimer's Spain in the Nineteenth Century. 

Latimer's Russia and Turkey in Nineteenth Century. 

Latimer's Italy in the " 

Latimer's France in the " " 

Latimer's Scrap-book of the French Revolution; 

Fisher's Men, Women and Manners in Colonial Times. 2 vols. 

Newton's Dictionary of Birds. 

Foster's Scientific Memoirs of Huxley. Vol. 1. 

Fitzgerald's Rubaiat of Omar Khayyan. 

Welldon's Hope of Immortality. 

Alexander's Theories of the Will, 

Stewart's Elementary Treatise on Pleat. 

Thorp's Industrial Chemistry. 

Frederick's Gloria Mundi. 

Sybel's Founding of the German Empire. 

Goethe's Werke 5 vols. 

Watson's An Outline of Philosophy. 



7 vols. 



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Illingworth's Divine Immanence. 
Guerber's Myths of Greece and Rome. 
Mitchell's American Lands and Letters. 2 copies. 
La Grange's Lectures on Elementary Mathematics. 
Hubbard's Little Journeys to Homes of Good Men. 

of American Statesmen. 

of American Authors. 

of Famous Women. 
Pater's Greek Studies. 
Pater's Plato and Platonism. 
Hermann's Louisiana Purchase. 
Adams' History of the United States. 9 vols. 
Lodge's Story of the Revolution. 2 vols. *""■ 
Black's Story of Ohio. 

Davis' Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government. 2 vols. 
Wilton's History of the Rise and Fall of the Slave Power in America. 2 vols 
Field's Life and Letters of Harriet Beecher Stowe. 
Fisk's Old Virginia and Her Neighbors. 2 vols. 
Seibert's The Underground Railway. 
Davenport's Outlines of Economic Theory. 
Baldwin's Modern Political Institutions. 
Noyes' Thirty Years of American Finance. 
Woolsey's America's Foreign Policy. 
Seligman's Essays in Taxation. 
Gidding's Elements of Sociology, 
White's Money and Banking. 
Conington's Aeneid of Virgil. 
Story's Roba di Roma. 2 vols. 
Peck's Trimalchio's Dinner. 
Stephen's Studies of a Biographer. 2 vols. 

Gregorovius' History of City of Rome in the Middle Ages. Vol VI. 
Dill's Roman Society in the Last Century of the Empire. 
Hall's Romans on the Rivera and the Rhone. 
Rendall's Marcus Aurelius Antonius to Himself. 
Crawford's Ave-Roma-Immortalis. 2 vols. 
Sainte-Beuve's Port-Royal. 7 vols. 

Morrison's Jews Under Roman Rule. ( Story of the Nations.) 

Oilman's Story of the Saracens. 
Archer's Crusades. 
Lane-Poole's Barbary Corsairs. 
Bradley's Story of the Goths. 
Boyesen's Norway. 
Oman's Byzantine Empire. 
Watt's Christian Recovery of Spain. 
Lane -Poole's Moors in Spain. 
Stead's Switzerlands. 
Lane Poole's Turkey. 
Morfill's Russia. 

Dobson's Eighteenth Century Vignettes. 2 vols. 
Dobson't Miscellanies. 



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Tovey's Reviews and Essays in English literature. 

Chapman's Emerson and Other Essays. 

Howe's American Bookmen. 

Black's Robert Louis Stephenson. ( Famous Scot's Series.) 

Smeaton's Allan Ramsay. " " 

Bayne's James Thomson. " 

Setoun's Robert Burns. " " 

Least's James Boswell. M 

Smeaton's William Dunbar. " " 

Geosart's Robert Fergusson. " " 

Smeaton's Tobias Smollett. " " 

Geddie's Balladists. 

Douglas' Blackwood Group. " " 

Watson's Story of France. 

Bodley's France. 2 vols. 

Tyler's History of American Literature During Colonial Times. 2 vols. 

Fyffe's History of Modern Europe, 3 vols. 

Brandes' William Shakespeare. 2 vols. 

Cary's Tennyson. 

Blok's History of the People of the Netherlands. 

Farmer's Essays on French History. 

Hume's Spain, Its Greatness and Decay. 

Ten Brinck's History of English Literatuie. 2 vols. 

Saintsbury's Flourishing of Romance. 

Hannay's Later Renaissance. 

Abraham's Jewish Life in the Middle Ages. 

Caird's University Addresses. 

Prothero's Works of Lord Byron. 2 vols. 

Coledridge's " 

Rhys' Literary Pamphlets. 2 vols. 

Whitcomb's Chronological Outline of American Literature. 

Graetz's History of the Jews. 6 vols. 

Gregorovius Emperor Hadrian. 

DeMorgan's Study and Difficulties of Mathematics. 

How and Leigh's History of Rome. 

Horton's History of the Romans, 

Lyttleton's Are We to Go On With Latin Verses? 

Sully's Studies of Childhood. 

Boissier's Roman Africa. 

Matheson's Skeleton Outline of Roman History. 

Nordhoff's Communistic Societies of the United States. 

Ropes' Story of the Civil War. Vol. 2. 

Brandl's Samuel Taylor Coleridge. 

Church's Chemistry of Paints and Paintings. 

Glazebrook's Physical Optics. 

Whiting's Experiments in Physical Measurements. 

Hayford's Text-Book of Geodetic Astronomy. 

Webb's Use and Adjustments of Engineering Instruments. 

Rood's Text-Book of Colors. 

Proctor's Cycloid and Cycloidal Curves. 

Klein's Mathematical Theory of the Top. 



Griswold's Letters of R, W. Griswold. 

Ireland's Life of Jane Welsh Carlyle. 

Herbart's Application of Psychology to Education. 

Cams' Ethical Problem, 

Sander's History- of the Sayler Family. 

Adams' Dictionary of American Authors. 

Wheeler's Letters of Walter Savage Landor. 

Handcock's French Revolution and English Poets. 

Snorter's Charlotte Bronte and Her Circle. 

Stedman's Victorian Anthology. 

Guthrie's Modern Poet Prophets. 

Balloc's Danton, A Study. 

Wallace's Lectures and Essays. 

Daudliker's History of Switzerland, 

Chapman's Handbook of Birds. 

Swinburn's Miscellanies. 

Essays and Studies. 
Wyckoff's Workers, The West. 
The East. 
Talbot's Degeneracy. 
Munsterberg's Psychology and Life. 
Sullivan's Morality as a Religion. 
Fiske's Through Nature to God. 
Fiske's How I Was Educated Papers. 
Aubrey's Brief Lives. 2 vols. 
Jones' Select Passages of Greek Sculpture. 
Blass' Grammar of New Testament Greek. 
Diehl's Excursions in Greece. 
Lawton's Successors of Home. 
Jubb's Growth of Classical Greek Poetry. 
Thompson's Greek Birds. 
Gallup's Handbook of Military Signalling. 
Russel's German Higher Schools. 
Fraucke's Glimpses of Modern German Culture. 
Lane's Latin Grammar. 
Norway's Roman Household. 
Beesly's Life of Danton. 

Andrews Historical Development of Modern Europe. 
White's Ballades and Rondeaus. 

iix's Plan tus and Terenz. 
HaufTs Das Kalte Herz. 
Arnold's Fritz auf Ferien. 
Grimm's Kinder und Hausmarchen. 
Bernhardt'* Stille Wasser. 
Banff's Dcr Zwerz Na 
Stiftet s Das Haidedori*. 
Baumbar k's Dcr Sell weigersohn. 

.:;<:- Die Ho< !■:/.» it-rdse, 
• n;i. 

Ali Baba. 



I v cwis' Credibility of Early Roman History. 2 vols. 

L,aucian's Ruins and Excavations of Ancient Rome. 

Hedge's Hours With German Classics. 

Kluge's Geschiclite der deutscher National literature, 

Furneaux's Cornelii Taciti vita Agricolae. 

Furneaux's Cornelii Taicti de Germania. 

Chassaut's Paleographic des Chartes et de Manuscrits. 






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